Author: Manju Kapur
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0571218903
Set around the time of partition and written with absorbing intelligence and sympathy, this novel is the story of a woman torn between family duty, the desire for education, and illicit love. Virmati, a young woman born in Amritsar into an austere and high-minded household, falls in love with a neighbor, the Professor - a man who is already married.
That the Professor eventually marries Virmati, installs her in his home(alongside his furious wife) and helps her towards further studies in Lahore, is small consolation to her scandalized family. Or even to Virmati, who finds that the battle for her own independence has created irrevocable lines of partition and pain around her.